In this episode of The New Stack Analysts podcast, captured at VMworld 2014 in San Francisco, Alex Williams interviews Virtustream Chairman and CEO Rodney J. Rogers about a service that is nothing like AWS but quite similar, too.
Rogers and CTO Kevin Reid founded Virtustream, a venture-backed company, in January, 2009. In looking at the elasticity and economics of the core, multi-tenant architecture that AWS has made its market, Virtustream’s founders focused on Fortune 500 customers with a view to building a software product having a rich set of enterprise features, that services as a provisioning, management and orchestration layer to run a fully-functional cloud system.
Alongside HP and IBM, big players such as AWS, Google and Microsoft are investing $1 billion per quarter in infrastructure. For a company such as Virtustream, then, architecture must provide the scalability raison d’etre. Surmounting the performance and security challenges of virtualization, Virtustream takes their abstracting approach into existing environments, generally to optimize for speed and efficiency, but ultimately to control IOPS, and therefore control throughput. This enables service level agreements that go beyond promises of infrastructure availability, allowing Virtustream to offer commercial SLAs based on application performance standards.
Rogers suggests it’s the top of the fourth inning of the customer-vendor relationship, and the heat is on. Rogers’ and Williams’ analysis and insights on the current state and future of the industry cover many topics, including hybrid, containerization, burgeoning enterprise IQ and the burden of operations.
Photo by Luke Lefler.